Back to School Session 4
Mistakes People Make: School Districts

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 2, 2018

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Wrightslaw Back to School 2018 is self-study series of reading and information, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the next school year.

When you complete the series, you'll get a certificate for a job well done!

What makes parents angry? Parents are angry when school personnel take actions that:

  • undermine trust
  • create a negative climate
  • deliver inadequate services to your child

Does your district need helpful school strategies for productive team meetings?

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate, Back to School Session 4, describes some significant school system mistakes.

Find out how to create more effective team meetings when parents learn to help the school, and schools learn how to avoid confrontation with parents.

We hope you will forward this series to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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Mistakes People Make: School Districts

Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child.

This article, describing common mistakes schools make, should be required reading for all special ed administrators.

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How Schools Can Avoid Confrontation with Parents

The school team should treat all team members equally and value input from each member.

The school team should not cave to the "floodgate mentality" during meetings or let the process overwhelm the focus on the unique needs of your child.

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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Conflict between parents and schools is normal and inevitable.

As a parent, your ultimate goal is to educate school personnel so they want to help your child. Learn some options for resolving disagreements.

See Chapter 14, p. 119, in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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Why Do Schools Draw Lines in the Sand?

There is nothing wrong with disagreement. Problems come from the manner in which disagreements are handled.

Many disagreements turn into power struggles.

When this happens, learn what to do to take control of the situation.

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